Gen 25:8; Exodus 20:12; Deut 4:40; Proverbs 10:27
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that ‘time goes too fast.’ I read about a thirteen year old who was trying to find out if you could do something to help time feel like it was moving slower because he said when it’s time for bed, he feels like he just woke up not too long ago. I must confess, I’ve experienced many days like this myself. In fact, the older you get, the faster time seems to fly.
The reason we often feel that time flies is because we are relating it to our schedules and all that we would like to accomplish in that time. The truth is, twenty-four hours is twenty-four hours and it lasts twenty-four hours. In other words, time isn’t moving faster… we are. If you were to sit and watch the clock for an hour, you’d quickly find that an hour is plenty of time; ask any child who’s been on time-out for five minutes.
When a farmer prepares and sows his field, he understands that he must take advantage of every moment of daylight if he’s going to see the harvest that he hopes to produce. There is a purpose to his schedule, his days are long and filled with hard work, and believe me, after he has done all he can do with the hours given him, he looks forward to bedtime.
Time may always seem to fly – it’s the result of being busy and/or enjoying what we’re doing. But to feel concerned about how fast the time flies may be a result of having nothing to show for the time that went so fast; like a farmer who would spend his day watching inspiring movies about farming and never preparing his own field and scattering seed himself. If he did that, his heart may be inspired, but his land would yield no crops.
One of our purposes in life is to ‘bear fruit’ for the kingdom of God. Since God is the author of time, we know that He has given us all the time we need to do all that He has given us to do. What often happens on our end is that we stuff our time with personal busy-ness and entertainment so that when we look back at the day we feel a sense of having accomplished nothing purposeful with the time. Paul the apostle said “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” The idea is that we need to use our time to honor our Lord, to drink in His word, to scatter the seed of the gospel, and to do everything we can to ensure that the fruit that should come from our lives will be born it its season.
Read Psalm 1:1-3 today and discover a secret to redeeming the time and bearing fruit. We aren’t in need of more hours. We don’t need to add years to our life. What we really need to do is add life to our years. Live for the glory of God. Time may still pass quickly; the difference will be that you will have no regrets because time well invested is never time wasted. You will be able to rest that night guilt free before your Father in heaven and look forward to whatever fruit He intends to produce as a result. You will not add years to your life this way, but you will add life to your years… and that’s really what we all need anyway.